Finishing the SwimBikeRun Duaman Race, Yes! I’m a duathlete

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With barely three weeks of not-so-hard training, I finally did the Duaman event, the second leg of the SwimBikeRun (SBR) Tri-series. I run 3KM, road my bike for 20km and then run 3km again to join the more than 600 participants into becoming duathletes. My total time was ok enough, clocking in 1:37. It would have been faster but I sucked on the bike.

But what impressed me the most was how fast I conquered the 3K runs. I did the first run for around 17 mins. Good enough for my personal record. The early morning uphill run to Antipolo from my place to the Valley Golf loop helped a lot. Since the 3K run in the Duaman was just plain road, I didn’t had a hard time finishing it.

And what baffles me most was how I fast I recovered from biking to running the second 3K run. The first few minutes was hard but after awhile, I’ve regained my running form and finished.

Overall, it was a great experience. I’m hoping I could muster the courage to train for tri. But it’s a long a shot. I’ll be doing a couple of more duathlon perhaps and several half-marathon. Triathlon can wait. 🙂

Congrats to SwimBikeRun for a well-organized event. You guys rock!

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Braving the Hilly Terrains of Rizal, the Sierra Madre Loop Ride (Almost!)

sierra madre loop 1

Last Saturday, I was invited by my biking buddy, Nixon for a bike ride again. Our target, to brave the hilly terrains of Rizal, via Marikina-Infanta Road, in Baras, Rizal. Our goal, to reach the infamous Sierra Madre Hotel. Before the ride, I did some research to find out the experiences of other bikers and also to find out the distance that we will have to travel. One of the famous route taken by other bikers is going up the hills of Rizal in Baras and going back down to Antipolo via Teresa Rizal. Total distance? Around 140KMs.

And so our group met up in McDo along Marcos Hi-way and start pedaling our way around 6 am. It didn’t take us too long to reach the famous Inang Baling’s pit stop somewhere in Cavinting, which is is the boundary of Marikina and Rizal. And since this is the third time that I took the said route, I didn’t really feel tired at all despite the uphill climb.

After a few minutes, we continued biking our way towards Baras. First, it was a long downhill ride which I enjoyed running at around 40kph plus. After that, it was a long uphill climb towards Baras. The inclination was not too steep compared with the one in San Mateo or even Antipolo but it was longer.

sierra madre loop 3

After one more rest somewhere in Palo Alto estate, and reaching the first gate of Garden Cottages, two of my fellow MTB-riding buddies decided to stay on while I proceeded to climb together with several riders who are riding their road bikes. It was one of the toughest uphill climb that I experience so far. But it was well worth it. Somehow, the challenge kept me going.

Unfortunately, after reaching the third gate of Garden Cottages, we decided to head back since it was almost lunch time and we have not had breakfast yet.

So it was a fast downhill ride back to where we started. Stopping by the famous Mang Vic’s Bulalohan for a rewarding lunch. After lunch we all head back west to Marcos Hi-way.

sierra madre loop 2

Overall, it was a great ride. Tiring and exhausting. The scorching heat of the sun added to the fatigue but our persistence kept us going. We will surely repeat this ride in the near future to conquer the Sierra Madre loop.

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Cycad Phils. to hold the 18th Century Bike Ride


Last December I started riding bikes. I’ve been wanting to for the past couple of months until I decided to buy a new Mountain Bike. It’s a starter built bike that cost affordably. Nothing fancy and definitely not those high-end MTBs that will cost you a hundred thousand. I got the bike from one of the online resellers at And for the past two months, I tried to ride my MTB every weekend, at least an hour or two in the morning. My usual route is the uphill climb from lower Antipolo going up to the Biker’s tambayan in what they call, Manggahan.

To cut a long story short, this has been my morning ritual every weekend. I’ve been to the famous Timberlands biking area, biked around Marikina/San Mateo area and of course along Marcos Hi-way where they have built a bike lane. On April 21, 2013, I’m planning to join a Duathlon Race in Nuvali. It’s going to be a 3K run, 20K bike and 3K run. But before that, I’m planning to join the 18th Century Bike Ride organized by cycling group, Cycad Philippines, or Cycling Advocates.

18th cycad century bike ride

The 18th Century Ride is a 163KM fun ride starting from the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. It will traverse the eastern route passing through Marcos Hi-way, going to Sumulong Hi-way all the way up to Teresa until it reaches Mauban in Quezon Province. The estimated distance is around 163KMs.

It’s going to be a long ride but it’s a good thing that the organizers have categorized bikers into three groups. I’ll be joining the MTB group with a minimum speed of 20KPH. I hope I can catch up to the speed.

Anyway, if you’ve got nothing to do on Feb 24, you might want to join the Cycad Philippines’ 18th Century Bike Run. And do leave a comment if you’re a beginner with MTB and joining the ride. We could ride together (that is if you’re not a fast biker, hehe).

More details about the 18th Century Fun Ride can be found on the Cycad Facebook page.

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